ITV News anchor Geraint Vincent struggled to fight back tears as he paid a heartfelt tribute to his late colleague Emily Morgan.
On Saturday (May 27), experienced journalist Emily, 45, following a short battle with lung cancer, leaving the newsreader heartbroken.
Geraint took a deep breath as he attempted to compose himself before he shared the news with viewers at the end of the show.
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He said: “Now, we regularly report upsetting events that affects people’s lives. Tonight we have something to report that has affected all of us at ITV News very deeply.
“It is the death after a short illness of our on-screen colleague and much-loved friend Emily Morgan, our much loved health and science editor.
“Emily worked here for 23 years first behind the scenes as a producer, but most of that time lighting up our programmes every day as a political and then health reporter.”
The broadcaster went on: “At 45-years-old, she was at the very top of her game as anyone who followed her peerless reporting of the Covid-19 pandemic will remember well.
“But she was also, as she wanted the world to know, a mum to her two cherished daughters, a wife, a sister and a daughter herself and it is with all of her family that our thoughts are with tonight.”
Viewers soon took to Twitter to share their praise for the anchor after his emotional delivery on the show.
One user penned: “Complete respect to you for getting thru what must have been the hardest of reports, the passing of a dear friend & colleague.
Another agreed: “I don’t know how @GeraintITV did that. Not easy at all. What a brilliant reporter she was.”
A third gushed: “This was so hard to watch, @GeraintITV was nearly in tears.”
Emily was the channel’s health and science editor. In a statement on Twitter, ITV said they were “devastated” by the passing of their “remarkable colleague.”
They added: “Emily was a hugely talented journalist and a much-loved friend and a mentor to so many here. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Emily’s family.”
The mum-of-two worked for ITN for 23 years and reported from hospital wards during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Andrew Dagnell, editor of ITV Network News, paid a touching tribute to his “remarkable colleague”, adding he and his colleagues were deeply saddened by her passing.
He wrote: “Emily’s passion for the role was evident in everything she did and her work was a constant reminder of why journalism matters.
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“Our thoughts are with Emily’s family. Emily was proud to be a journalist, but she was even more proud of her family.
“She adored them. We are sending them our love and support at this unthinkably difficult time.
Andrew went on: “Emily was an exceptional journalist, a devoted mother and wife, and a true trailblazer in our field.
“Her friendship, her professionalism, and her enormous contribution to our industry and to the public conversation will not be forgotten.”
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